"Why make your life difficult" – Berbatov rips into 'typical Spurs' – originally posted on Sportslens.com
As expected, Tottenham Hotspur have been a different team under new boss Jose Mourinho, winning both games the Portuguese has overseen since his appointment.
Spurs secured a 3-2 win against West Ham United on Saturday to record their first league victory away from home since January, while they booked their place in the Champions League last-16 after running out 4-2 winners against Greek side Olympiacos on Tuesday night.
Tottenham had to fight to win both games, though, and former striker Dimitar Berbatov isn’t impressed with their lack of consistency during matches.
“So far it has been a perfect start for Mourinho with two wins from two but it is still typical Spurs. Against West Ham they were winning 3-0 and in the last 10 minutes they let in two goals and they were shaking at the finish, typical Spurs,” Berbatov said.
“In the Champions League they were 2-0 down and chasing the game, how many times do they chase the game? I was watching it and thinking: “For f**k’s sake guys, is this intentional, do you want to have more drama in the games?” Of course, they show great character but I said this all the time, they need consistency.
“When they play well, they score goals but they relax and towards the end of matches they easily concede or they start really slow and are chasing. Why make your life difficult, they need to start on the front foot and play until the 95th minute.”
Having spent just 10 days with the players, Mourinho still needs time to instill his playing style into them, and we may never get to see it fully in action until next season.
The pre-season preparations will ensure the Portuguese gets to fully pass his message across as to how he wants them to play, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they mount a very strong title challenge.
Nevertheless, some little changes are already starting to take place, and it will be interesting to see if Tottenham can learn how to become defensively compact and consistently remain on top of their game from the first to final whistle in matches going forward this season.
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